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Two for One: Kings pull away from the Cavaliers

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Well, that was more fun than it had any right to be.

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Sacramento Kings Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

The Cavaliers lost by double digits on the road to the Kings. They never held the lead. Somehow, it wasn’t actually that bad. Here’s two positives and one negative.

POSITIVE: This was actually pretty fun!

The Kings are a true great League Pass watch for quite a few reasons. Nobody was expecting them to be as good as they are, so they aren’t blacked out due to national TV games. Much like the Nuggets the last two years, they don’t play particularly great defense and love to run. That means they entice their opponents to match their style, and they certainly did that.

Watching the two teams actually sprint up and down the court and trade buckets was a nice dose of fun in what I expected to be a late-season slog as both teams just did the bare minimum while planning their vacations.

The Kings pulled away late, but the Cavs maintained contact most of the game and the young guys played well.

NEGATIVE: Turnovers killed the Cavaliers

The Kings are fasty and lengthy, and what they lack in fundamental defense, they can make up for in deflections and covering ground quickly. The Cavaliers had 20 turnovers tonight, and Collin Sexton tied with Ante Zizic for the team lead with five apiece.

In a way, you could spin this as the most marginal of positives, as the Cavaliers were trying to keep the ball moving and the offense rarely felt stagnant. They just don’t really have the personnel to do so without turning the ball over right now.

POSITIVE: Oh, hello Cedi

Cedi Osman’s struggled quite a bit with his shot, but looked much more comfortable tonight. He shot 3-5 from distance and finished 7-11 overall while contributing as a secondary playmaker attacking the basket.

Again, there shouldn’t be much stock placed in late season performances like this, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t enjoy the good games when they come. Days like this from Cedi and Collin Sexton (19 points, 8-14 FG) should be enjoyed.